How taking a creative leap of faith develops your inner trust

by | May 30, 2018 | Amanda, Creativity

Hello Creative QB’s,

3.5 minute read

Today is your day to leap barefoot, make a splash, to take the plunge into anything you deem as your creative leap of faith. You take your leap by showing up, by being present to your intuition, by listening for the call, the desire, the yearning to make, do, build, design, create, sing, dance, play or change. ‘Your Successful Creative Life’ is made when you act upon the desire, when you take a leap of faith and step out.

When I leapt from high school to art school, fresh as wet paint, I imagined a blank canvas on which I would paint a grand masterpiece titled ‘My Successful Creative Life’.

On day one at art school, I stepped into my first ‘life drawing’ class and the life of being an artist disrobed in front of me, literally. A middle aged man, probably an artist himself, trying to earn some dosh on the side as an artist model, stripped off and laid spread eagle over a velvet pile of cushions in front of our class of clueless, recently graduated school kids. (The guy was probably only 30, but I was 18 so anyone over 25 seemed old to me then).

I am sure my life drawing lecturer thought it was a great joke, a way for him to test us out, see how we would react as newbie art students drawing a full sized naked man. There, straddled over my easel chair, one thing I was certain, in that moment I went from the school kid daydreamer staring blankly at the blackboard to the shock of ‘hello, so you wanna be an artist?’ The experience was a combination of complete internal panic, fear, excitement and thrill. Of course on the outside I was playing it cool, like, “yeah I’ve so got this”!

I have experienced the same feeling many, many times over in my creative career. I cannot tell you the amount of times I have been in situations beyond my comfort zone. Some by coincidence and some by design, either way, the experience is the same. A hot mixture of emotions akin to jumping off a cliff and hoping there is a net strong enough to hold me when I land.

The true lesson I learnt that day in my first art class was about how to show up for creativity, how to put yourself ‘out there’, how to embrace the fear, to harness and channel it into creative work. I never want this kind of experience to leave me, because it means I’m still here, showing up like that 18 year old kid with a sense of innocence and possibility.

All these years later, I have also learnt that while you are out there, far from your comfort zone, dangling on the edge, waiting to get wet, that you must continue to have faith. You must believe there will always be a net to catch you.

The beauty and truth of creativity is available to you with open arms if you trust in your inner creative self. Sometimes you may fall a long way, with a few bumps and bruises before you hit the net. But when you show up, as your creative self, the net will always appear, like an apparition in the fog.

 

Learning, leaping barefoot, establishing your footing and collecting your creative strength.

 

Developing a keen muscle for trying out new things, failing, trying again, keeping on trying and developing a deep belief there will always be an answer, a way through for a creative solution to emerge, it is like stitching a stronghold on your net. The ability to take creative leaps makes you agile on the path towards personal creative confidence.

Even if you wander around in the creative wilderness for a while, harnessing the courage to leap, you are learning. Failure teaches us much and gives us clues on how to navigate the wilderness and find a clear path. The day you find your clearing is the day you catch your breath ready to continue towards, when you know a leap of faith is required.

When you get to your one day, you will realise you have actually been learning, leaping barefoot, establishing your footing and collecting strength for a while, that you are ready to take the plunge and splash into anything you deem as your creative leap of faith.

You take your leap by showing up, by being present to your intuition, by listening for the call, the desire, the yearning to make, do, build, design, create, sing, dance, play or change. ‘Your Successful Creative Life’ is made when you act upon the desire, when you take a leap of faith and step out.

In stepping out, you are likely to experience panic, fear, excitement, and thrill. Have faith, trust your net will appear. Better still, perhaps you will catch the wind and your hive flying Creative Queen Bee wings will glide you to where you need to be.

Big ♥ Amanda

TOP TAKEAWAY’s

1. Embrace the fear to harness and channel it into creative work
2.  You must believe there will always be a net to catch you when you leap
3. The ability to take creative leaps makes you agile on the path towards personal creative confidence

The beauty and truth of creativity is available to you with open arms if you trust in your inner creative self. Sometimes you may fall a long way, with a few bumps and bruises before you hit the net. But when you show up, as your creative self, the net will always appear, like an apparition in the fog.

Creative Practise

Take some time to tap into the your creative self and learn how to leap.

 

  • Write down a list of 10 creative ideas, things to make, build, design, create or do, that you wish you had the courage to do or act upon. Your list should be filled with wishes that feels like a real leap of creative faith.
  • Choose one wish on your list that causes a mixture of panic, fear, excitement, and thrill.
    (If you don’t experience these emotions, you haven’t hit the spot. Go back and write another 10 things until you do experience panic, fear, excitement, and thrill).For example, you might write…“I wish I had the courage to join a singing group or a choir”?
  • Now, brain blurt, brainstorm or brain bomb 50 ways you could make this happen. You can do this as a list, as ideas on post it notes, as a mindmap, any way that taps you into the flow.
    Keep your ideas flowing for 10 minutes.
  • There is no right or wrong way to do this list, go for imaginative and novel ideas.
    Try using ‘opening questions’ like the following:‘What if’
    ‘I wish’,
    ‘In what ways might I’?
    For example, “What if I joined a singing group or a choir, one that doesn’t require me to read music”. By coming up with 50 ways, you are actually securing your net into place, so that when you leap, your net is ready, it is strong and it will catch you. Now step out, take that leap of faith!♦ Don’t forget to share with us how you go, where you got stopped and how you opened those beautiful Creative Queen Bees wings of yours. (Share in the comments below, on our Facebook page or Insta, or send us an email >here

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